Collect Prayer from the Mass for the Aversion of a Hurricane
O God, to whose commands all the elements give obedience, we humbly entreat you, that the stilling of fearsome storms may turn a powerful menace into an occasion for us to praise you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
St. Scholastica: The Patron Saint Against Storms
Why is Scholastica the patron saint against storms? Once a year, her twin brother St. Benedict used to visit her and they would have discussions about God all day. When St. Scholastica sensed that her death was imminent, St. Benedict came to visit her and she begged him to stay with her until the next day. Benedict refused her request because he didn’t want to break his own Rule by spending a night outside the monastery. Scholastica asked God to let her brother remain and a severe thunderstorm broke out, preventing Benedict from returning to the abbey. Benedict cried out, “God forgive you, Sister. What have you done?” Scholastica replied, “I asked a favor of you and you refused. I asked it of God and he granted it.”
Prayer to Saint Scholastica for the Aversion of a Storm
Blessed and Holy Saint Scholastica, intercede for your people in this time of need.
May your prayers go to the throne of God in order that we be delivered from harm that our lives and our homes be protected, and that our parishes and churches stand erect and ready to serve your people.
Finally, Saint Scholastica, may your prayers deliver all of those in danger, heal all those in illness, and direct all of those without shelter.
Intercede for us, great patroness, and offer us the good weather for which we hope.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.